Anritsu, Ford, Litepoint, octoScope, Savari, Spirent, TASS International and CETECOM have joined forces as the Open Lab Alliance (OLA) to speed-up the development of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.
The OLA held a grand opening earlier this month at CETECOM’s laboratory in Milpitas, California.
Robert Johnson, senior director of Automotive Business Unit sales at CETECOM, says the new organization promotes a collaborative test environment to the automotive engineering and software development community. It provides the real world in-lab test scenarios needed for developing connected vehicle subsystems and applications.
CETECOM, an accredited test laboratory, will host the test and measurement companies, roadside unit (RSU) suppliers and simulation system tool providers that Johnson says deliver state of the art automotive test technologies. “We are excited to already have several best-of-breed companies step forward into leadership roles. A key to advancing the connected automated vehicle is through knowledge sharing with our test partners while providing open access to the tools and expertise.”
Johnson explains that with multiple benches, each station addresses a specific test challenge. “In a controlled, yet open work environment, engineers can develop lab experiments and perform various types of testing such as Applink Test Development, Cyber Security tests, TCU Cellular Module tests, Spectrum Analysis, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Navigation testing, Radio Airlink Channel Emulation Wireless Connectivity, as well as Automated Connected driving simulation.”
The current lineup includes:
Anritsu– Testing the TCU Cellular Module & Portable Spectrum Analysis
Ford -Applink Application Testing; developers use Ford headunits to test their apps
Litepoint-Wireless Connectivity – Bluetooth, WiFi, Navigation
octoScope -Radio Airlink Channel Emulator
Spirent – Telematics and Headunit Cyber Security
Savari-DSRC Roadside Unit (RSU) and Onboard Unit (OBU)
TASS International -PreScan Automated and Connected Driving Simulation Platform
CETECOM -Shielded bench top chamber for use throughout lab
And more are coming. Johnson says he is currently in discussion with three more global test equipment providers and four more DSRC (Dedicated Short Range Communication) manufacturers. Johnson says there is no cost associated with joining or participating in the organization. “By providing access to these tools we can accelerate deployment, enable product development and promote useful standards.”
For further information on the OLA, the test technologies and how to reserve a bench in the lab for testing purposes, visit www.openlaballiance.com.